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Lens on Life by Stephanie Calabrese Roberts

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4Push through Boundaries & let your Subject Guide you

One of the most challenging aspects of documentary photography is learning to push through the invisible boundaries that stand between you and your subject, whether you are studying the agitated gestures of a stranger on the subway or following a subtle expression of love between your child and her pet. What’s important to keep in mind is that these boundaries are just permeable dotted lines, and they exist only in your mind. Learning to move through these boundaries respectfully and in sync with your subject will help you portray your subject in an authentic and more intimate way.

The legendary documentary photographer Robert Capa once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t ...

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